It’s hard to believe that the end of 2015 is already upon us. But with 2016 comes another year of major blockbusters to watch, discuss, and hopefully enjoy. The good news is that it definitely looks like it’s going to be a year packed with hit movies. The bad news is you may need to clear your schedule to fit every blockbuster in! Here are just 12 of the best movies coming out in 2016.
1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: While the movie has been scrutinized for the characterization of Superman and rushing out the Justice League in a desperate attempt to play catch-up with Marvel, there’s no doubt that Batman equals money. The film’s box office and reviews will likely also influence the success of another 2016 DC Comics film, Suicide Squad. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out March 25, while Suicide Squad is expected in theaters in early August.
2. Captain America: Civil War: It looks like 2016 is going to be the year not only hit movies, but also superhero movies. This particular superhero blockbuster may not have Batman, but it does have Captain America versus Iron Man, a confrontation that’s been in the works since 2012’s The Avengers. Captain America: Civil War comes out in the spring.
3. X-Men: Apocalypse: With the attention given to the above two films, it could be easy to forget that X-Men: Apocalypse is also being released in theaters next year (May 27, to be exact). The third in Fox’s X-Men reboot (can we even call it a reboot anymore?) will see the team coming together to fight the world’s very first mutant. The blockbuster will bring back the A-list cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Olivia Munn, and Nicholas Hoult.
4. Finding Dory: Pixar has been pretty hit (Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3) or miss (Cars 2) with sequels to its popular films, but after the huge success of Finding Nemo in 2003, this one definitely won’t disappoint. It might actually be one of the best movies coming out in 2016 just because of its lineup of notable voices, including Ellen DeGeneres, Modern Family’s Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill, Diane Keaton, and Idris Elba. It also doesn’t hurt that Pixar usually tends to be widely successful, thanks to the appeal to kids and the nostalgia of adults. Finding Dory hits theaters in June.
5. Ghostbusters: Time will tell if this all-female reboot of the classic franchise will appeal to men and women alike, but it’s sure to be a smash hit based on curiosity alone. It’ll likely be released in theaters in mid-July.
6. Independence Day: Resurgence: Everyone remembers the iconic scene of aliens blasting the White House, but this sequel doesn’t need to copy that to capture the audience’s attention. Nor will it need Will Smith, whose character’s fate was recently revealed via a viral website. Let’s just say Smith won’t be appearing in the sequel, which comes out in late June.
7. Warcraft: Based on the popular video game series, previous knowledge of the franchise won’t be needed to enjoy this movie. Of course, they’ll still be counting heavily on the games’ established fan base; those that have been paying the monthly fee for World of Warcraft since its release in 2004 can probably spare the price of a movie ticket. The strong following of video game fans will make or break whether this movie makes it on next year’s best movies list after the film releases next summer.
8. The Jungle Book: Disney loves to revisit ideas and the 1967 animated version is more than old enough for many people to have never experienced it. However, this live action-CGI mix will feature some of the original’s classic songs, as well as some new ones from one of the same songwriters! The Jungle Book will be one of the hit movies of next year just because of its appeal to both kids and their parents.
9. Angry Birds: No longer the moneymaking juggernaut franchise it once was, Angry Birds is still popular enough with kids and bored people on public transit that it will get a lot of attention (and even more merchandising). It comes out on May 12.
10. Central Intelligence: Despite sounding like an action film, this is actually more of a comedy! The film has been getting a lot of play on social media thanks to the film’s star, Dwayne Johnson, who, as the “People’s Champ,” has been posting tons of behind-the scenes footage from the set. The blockbuster, which hits theaters in mid-June, also stars comedian Kevin Hart. While it may not be in the top three best movies of 2016 (tough competition this year), it’ll definitely make for an entertaining experience!
11. The Huntsman: Winter’s War: A prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, which many called a surprise hit, this new film has the power of the previous one behind it with none of the behind-the-scenes controversy. (For those who don’t remember, this was the film that essentially broke up Twilight power couple Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson.) Also, there will probably be a scene involving Chris Hemsworth not wearing a shirt, which will bring in millions of dollars in ticket sales alone. Sounds like the makings of hit movies to us!
12. The Legend of Tarzan: Speaking of shirtless men, True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård will be playing the titular “King of the Apes” in this live-action rendition (no Phil Collins this time, promise!). In this version, Tarzan has long since returned to civilization but heads back to the jungle, unaware of the true role he is expected to play. If this blockbuster piques your interest, clear your schedule for July 1, which is when it’s expected in theaters.